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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print; Unabridged edition (Jan. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753116944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753116944
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
It started out as a routine investigation for Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan. A nonprofit group hired her to look into several small-town unsolved murders as part of a study to determine whether the police had done a good job, and whether domestic violence was at the root. But soon she discovered something unexpected--a link between two of the cases, which were supposedly chosen at random.
Tess meets up with an unlikely ally--a former Toll Facilities cop, Carl Dewitt, who is obsessed with one of the murders. When they compare notes, they realize they're dealing with an extraordinarily clever serial killer--and that Tess is his real target, but for an unknown reason.
As Tess and Carl investigate, sometimes cooperating with the state police, sometimes defying it, they start to realize that they're following a script only the killer knows, and he's always one step ahead of them. As she struggles with the fear and the mind games, Tess is also battling her own demons, forced on her by a court-ordered anger-management psychiatrist.
Author Laura Lippman's novel has that rare combination of character, action, intellectual puzzle and flashes of humor that blend for a first-rate mystery. This is not a feel-good book, though. It made me a little sad.
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By Sabrina on Jan. 1 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read all but one of the Tess series and think this is the best yet. The story is engrossing; a real page turner. Lippman does an excellent job of weaving together several seemingly unrelated deaths. You have to know more about the killer which leaves you unable to put the book down
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The novel starts out with an interesting prelude to the main story when Tess and her friend Whitney defoliate a would be rapist. From there the story progresses to the main plot about a serial killer with a strange compulsion. Tess and a new found associate link together a number of seemingly unrelated homicides, including a disappearance and an "accidental" death from the distant past. Details of her own past emerge, partly from discussions with a psychiatrist she is seeing as part of a plea bargain agreement.
Tess still has her boyfriend, Crow, and her two dogs, but they play minor roles. She bumbles about a bit, and almost gets herself killed in the manner of independent investigators created by various authors. There are some side details of Baltimore, Maryland's eastern shore, etc., and a view of some of the sleazy underside of life.
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Format: Hardcover
From the beginning page you are introduced to the killer and the knowledge that he is watching someone again stays in the front of your mind as you get to know him better. His history and his thoughts are sprinkled throughout the book and lead you to "The Last Place."
Tess is a private investigator with a past that haunts her. Her ex-boyfriend was killed years prior and she continues to suffer from occasional nightmares, reliving his death.
She has issues with anger management, which are portrayed quite well when she gets a little revenge on a potential child molester. She is arrested and sentenced to anger management counseling.
Tess's wealthy friend, Whitney, offers her a private investigator assignment which involves reviewing old, unsolved domestic abuse murder cases in order to help bring about lobbying for funding and training for small town cops handling domestic abuse situations. Whitney is part of a group of several non profit foundations that have joined together and are in search of ways to reduce the number of domestic-violence homicides in their state. Though Tess's old archenemy, Luisa O'Neal, is somewhat involved in the group, Tess accepts the assignment with the understanding that Luisa is not an active member of the board.
There is a list of five unsolved cases for Tess to investigate. She was not hired to search for the killer but rather to check into the specifics of the police investigations on each file.
Initially, the cases do not seem connected but then Tess begins to question whether or not they are in some way. She always begins to wonder if Luisa O'Neal had more involvement in this project than Tess was told about, or anyone was told, for that matter. Soon Tess is questioning everything and everyone looking for the link.
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By lvkleydorff on April 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tess Monaghan (very poor) is a private investigator who is hired by her best friend Whitney Talbot (very rich). She is asked to work for a consortium that concerns itself with domestic violence. Tess is given six names of persons who have been killed in the last six years. None of the killings were solved. Tess is to find out if law enforcement did a sloppy - and presumably prejudiced - job.
So Tess goes to work, interrupting it only shortly to spend time with her boyfriend Crow. At first, nothing outrageous happens. She then teams up with retired Toll Road Police Officer Carl Dewitt.
The story is interrupted occasionally by the voice of the killer.
There just is no substitute for that vision thing when you want to reach conclusions that are not based on any known fact. And what is missing here is the kitchen sink. But then the author got a big medal from the mayor of Baltimore for writing so much about his city.
And the perpetrator became a mass murderer because he used to love Tess Monaghan. Go figure.
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